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  • Heath Grayson

McLaren Artura VS. Ferrari 296 GTB

Hybrid cars are taking over the supercar industry, bold statement I know, but if there's one thing that's clear its that Electric + Gas Engine = Super Fast Cars. With more and more luxury car industries hopping on the Hybrid bandwagon, we're getting closer everyday to witnessing an entirely new definition of what makes up speed.


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The spectacular Hypercars: Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder paved the way for hybrid-tech but the race to the finish line has only begun. It took no time at all for Ferrari and McLaren to compete for the crown of the true hybrid leader.

McLaren shot first when they announced earlier this year that they would be releasing their first ever V6 powered hyrbid engine, the Artura. At first glance, their new hybrid power plant looks similar to several of McLaren's past work, but like dad always said, "Don't judge a book by it's cover." The Artura features a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that produces 577 horsepower and 431 lb-ft of torque on its own. Factor in the 94-hp electric motor and the combined output is 671 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque, all of which goes to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. Getting 0-62 mph takes three seconds flat, while 124 mph comes up in 8.3 seconds. But none of that quite rivals what you get in the Ferrari.

With Ferrari getting a late start to the race, the power hungry stallion wasn't going to end last. After creating the amazing La Ferrari, SF90 Stradale, and the SF90 Spider, Ferrari had a lot of work to do. With time against them, some could say that the 296 GTB is a copy and pasted version of their F8 Tributo. The biggest difference being with this prancing horse is it's very first turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine. Matching the Mac's capacity and configuration, the 296 GTB's record-breaking (221 hp per liter) V6 produces 653 horses on its own. Add the electric motor with its 164 horses and 232 lb-ft and you've got a whopping 818 hp and 546 lb-ft of twist at your disposal. More important than the numbers is that Ferrari has worked exceptionally hard to make this engine sound good, and boy, does it. Still, you want to know the figures, so here goes: 0-62: 2.9 seconds. 0-124 mph: Just 7.3. Both cars have the same top speed of 205.

With the coolest hybrids to date going head to head it's hard to bet against either one. The more powerful Ferrari is naturally quicker, but through the corners, the lighter Artura may be able to claw back. Both have a usable electric range, and both seem to have been engineered to be purely mental from behind the wheel.

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